Headworn Compass with Video Camera and Transceiver

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A directional electronic digital compass IC (or other electronic compass), video camera, microphone, and earphone, signaling through a high bandwidth transceiver built within (or attached to) an ordinary hat, glasses, or earworn configuration enables the wearer to perform many patentably distinct useful functions. The wearer of the hat or earworn unit can receive descriptive information about what he is looking at from friends or computers by bidirectionally communicating through a G3/G4/Wi-Fi-GPS computer, PDA, or intelligent cell phone in his pocket, be guided if blind, record experience, and be located, found, and tracked by loved ones. The direction of the head of the wearer of the hat or earworn device, and the wearer's general forward looking gaze direction becomes the electronic compass direction and video camera view. The compass direction and video camera are linked to, signaled to, and cooperatively communicated by the high bandwidth digital data communications transmission link to the user’s pocket G3/G4/Wi-Fi-GPS computer, PDA, or intelligent cell phone. An application in the phone, PDA, or computer processes the compass direction data and GPS location data coupling it to an audible scenery narration application, google maps, or similar internet application to deliver narrative information about the user’s location and gaze direction (and therefore information about what he's looking at). Facial recognition, object recognition, and text to speech conversion applications can be incorporated. The user’s pocket computer, PDA, or phone communicates two way phone conversations, mp3 music, AM/FM radio, and location audible narrative descriptive information such as scenery, maps, weather, terrain, as well as, people and object recognition to the headworn transceiver (NO DISPLAY). The user, looking at Niagara Falls, can learn about the falls, and turning his head in a new direction seeing the Niagara River, learn about that scenery. Travelers, visitors, tourists, explorers, blind people, vehicle drivers, aircraft pilots, boat pilots, passengers, scuba divers, bikers, hikers, and balloonists can hear information about what ever they look at as they turn their heads. Remote access to other computers makes this a powerful tool. This is also useful in tele-education, tele-medicine, and tele-conferencing, Furthermore, people with whom the user converses via phone or computer can also view whatever the user is seeing as he looks forward or turns has head. A blind person can be led to a destination remotely guided by a friend by telephone. As an improved navigation device, it enables blind people to be taught the path to their destination remotely through their telephone by friends. Video can also be recorded of a traveler's, driver's, fireman's, insurance investigator's, policeman's, or witness's experience, record of events, scenes, entertainment, or vacation. Whereas a GPS camera phone could be headworn, it could be uncomfortably heavy. Design configurations of the microphone, earphone, high bandwidth transceiver, electronic compass, and camera components can be headworn, fit in or near one's ear, loop around one's ear, clip to one's ear, glasses, hat, or helmet, be pinned to a hat, be built on the surface or within a hat, helmet, or glasses with earphone(s).


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    Henry Levy
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